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About Ziraat

Ziraat was inaugurated in 1926 by Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan of India, who taught in the United States and Europe in the early 1920's. Inayat Khan introduced the inner life to many westerners, and spoke of spiritual liberty and the underlying unity of all the world's spiritual traditions.

Ziraat uses the symbols and dynamic processes of agriculture as ways of describing the inner life, and as ways of finding a bridge between the spiritual and material worlds.

Ziraat is an initiatic school, open to all who feel a commitment to spiritual awakening and to the protection of this sacred world. It is an activity of the Inayati Order, but one need not be a member of the Inayati Order to join. Initiation in Ziraat confirms a pledge to affirm and cultivate the divine seed within our being, and thereby to help in the preservation and restoration of our world.

Kainat Felicia Norton
Ziraat Vice President Emerita

For more info contact:   ziraat@inayatiyya.org



An Emerald Earth

"A stirring Sufi call to the inner and outer work
necessary to open our hearts and to mend the world."
— Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
, Spirituality and Practice.



Endorsements of the book An Emerald Earth

The word “mysticism” often brings to mind suspicions of an obscure hobby having little or nothing to do with real life. What the reader of An Emerald Earth will discover, however, is exactly the reverse: a mystical orientation that is accessible, relevant, and eminently natural.

—Pir Zia Inayat Khan, Spiritual Leader of the Sufi Order International

With the environmental crisis finally recognized throughout the world, is it too late? No! An Emerald Earth celebrates Sufi wisdom that, since its very beginning, has held the sacred green earth at its center. Today this wisdom guides us toward restoring ourselves and our relationship with the natural environment.

—The Very Reverend James Parks Morton, pioneer in sacred ecology, Founder of the Interfaith Center of New York, Dean Emeritus of The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City

by Felicia Norton and Charles Smith
ISBN 978-0-6152-3546-2
Price: $19.00
trade paper, 6 x 9, 192 pages

An Emerald Earth expresses the teachings of Ziraat in a way that is accessible to all, celebrating a natural spirituality rooted in everyday life. Drawing upon the universal teachings of the Sufi master Hazrat Inayat Khan on the “natural self,” this book calls us to clarify the mirror of the heart and to restore our deep connection with all of creation. It likens the unfolding of our being to the process of cultivating a field or garden to bring forth fruitfulness. Our natural state is one of resonance with Nature, receptive to the beauty and creative of the harmony that ever seek expression in our lives. Incorporating meditation practices, rich teaching stories and poetry from Sufi, Buddhist and other mystic traditions, An Emerald Earth affirms the infinite power of the heart, pointing the way to an uplifted world and a spirituality that is grounded in service to all of life.

Felicia Kainat Norton and Charles Muinuddin Smith are senior teachers and retreat guides within the Inayati Sufi Order and the Ziraat tradition. Felicia serves as International head of Ziraat for the Inayati Order. They founded and facilitate the Light of Guidance Center for Sufi Studies in NYC www.lightofguidance.org. Felicia dances professionally and teaches at the United Nations International School, and Charles teaches leadership and sustainability studies at Hofstra University. They are married and live in New York City, and travel internationally offering retreats and workshops on the Sufi path and on realizing the sacred in every aspect of life.

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This book is filled with much gentle wisdom and its message is one of peace and service. I hope that the authors’ call for a life devoted to doing what is beautiful will find its way into many hearts.

—Tom Cheetham, author of “The World Turned Inside Out,” “Green Man, Earth Angel” and “After Prophecy: Imagination, Incarnation and the Unity of the Prophetic Tradition”

An Emerald Earth awakens the memory of the Ancient Call. A messenger reminding us to return Home. The authors offer a gentle invitation, a practical guide, like the Crow’s earthy caw, moving us deeper, yet again, into Oneness. Our clear vision is restored and our recognition of that primordial knowing that there is no separation…our true nature and Nature are indeed a Sacred Union.

—Roberta Mary Pughe, psychotherapist and author of “Resurrecting Eve: Women of Faith Challenge the Fundamentalist Agenda”

An Emerald Earth is an open invitation to those who are longing to re-discover the primordial harmony of the human soul and the natural world, both mirrors of each other and helpers to each other, both woven from the same cloth by the same Weaver. This wonderful book is constructed as an actual spiritual travel, using the stepping stones of meditation practices which guide the reader to experience how contemplation of the creation reveals human reality, and conversely how awakened humanity protects and elevates the creation to its own divine potential.

Shaykha Fariha Fatima al-Jerrahi, Spiritual Guide of the Nur Ashki Jerrahi Sufi Order


Full review by Frederic and Mary Ann Brussatat:

To purchase An Emerald Earth:  Cultivating a Natural Spirituality, please click here.


For the French translation of An Emerald Earth see

Une Terre d'Émeraude   (French edition purchased in France or other Euro country)
Une Terre d'Emeraude (French Edition purchased in United States)
Une Terre d'Emeraude (French Edition purchased in Canada)

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To a little band of sowers has been given a handful of living grain. Faithfully it must be sown; surely, it will be reaped; and the harvest shall be for the sustenance of all. Hazrat Inayat Khan

The Meaning of Ziraat by Pir Vilayat Khan


Upcoming Events

With Kainat Felicia Norton
and Muinuddin Charles Smith

August 6-13, 2022

Mystic Heart: Poetry, Practice and Prayer from the Sufi Tradition
Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua, NY


With Kainat Felicia Norton
and Muinuddin Charles Smith


August 8-14, 2021

Mystic Heart: Poetry, Practice and Prayer from the Sufi Tradition
Chautauqua Inst. Chautauqua, NY

May 3-5, 2019 

Emerald Earth Alchemical Ziraat Retreat
at the Abode of the Message, New Lebanon, NY


February 17, 2019
Organization of Nature Evolutionaries
Sacred Activism Teleseminar



September 8, 2018
Cultivating Life and the Alchemy of the Heart Retreat
Cranston, RI

August 6-10, 2018
The Mystic Heart of Sufism
Mystic Heart Program
Chautauqua Institution
Chautauqua, NY

June 23, 2018
Ziraat Retreat
Rochester, NY

June 2, 2018
Emerald Earth Ziraat Retreat
Baltimore, NY

October 21-22, 2017
Emerald Earth Retreat
Madison, WI

June 10-11, 2017
Emerald Earth Ziraat Retreat
Atlanta, GA


Ziraat and Its Implications for Addressing Climate Change by Kainat Norton, Organization of Nature Evolutionaries, including a Purification Practice with the Elements.

Fresh Perception: Cultivating Intimacy with the Radiant Earth by Kainat (Felicia) Norton and Muinuddin (Charles) Smith, Resurgence Magazine, September/October 2018.

Intimacy with the Earth: Insights from the Sufi and Jungian Traditions on Transforming Our Relationship with Matter, By Felicia Norton and Charles Smith, Jung Journal, November, 2015.

Other Past Events with Kainat Felicia Norton & Muinuddin Smith

Workshops & Retreats

Banyen Books, Vancouver, BC, Canada
East West Books, Seattle, Washington
Casa Faidella, Catalunya, Spain

The Rubin Museum of Art, NYC, New York
Chautauqua Institution, Chautauqua, New York
The New York Open Center, NYC, New York
The Sufi Bookstore, NYC, NY
Omega Institute, Rhinebeck, NY
Kushi Institute, Bennington, Vermont
Wainwright House, Rye, New York
East West Bookstore, NYC, New York
Quiet Meadows Retreat Center, Canandaigua, NY
Neskaya Arts Center, Franconia, New Hampshire
Abode Programs, New Lebanon, New York
Edinburgh International Center Conference for Middle Eastern Spirituality and Peace
The Nehru Centre, London, UK

Other Locations:
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Boulder, Colorado
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
Ithaca, New York
Sarasota, Florida,
Princeton, New Jersey
Dublin, Ireland